When most of us look at ourselves in the mirror, we are quick to spot our flaws and take pains to conceal them. In fact, in our makeover-obsessed society, I often feel that my outward appearance is hopelessly flawed, despite my best efforts to make myself presentable! My recognition of my physical flaws is analogous to God’s view of my spiritual condition prior to redemption: “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,..” (Romans 3:23).
The analogy, however, ends there, for what I lack in physical beauty can never be fully redeemed here on earth, not even by the most highly skilled plastic surgeons (so I have not even bothered with that!). However, my flawed human nature, full of sin and inadequacies, CAN be redeemed and HAS been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. That very fact CHANGES me and thereby changes the person I see in the mirror! God PROMISES to transform me!
Paul tells us in I Corinthians 15:49: “And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.” That means that we will look like Jesus, that we will reflect the likeness, character, and nature of God Himself, in Whose image we were made (Genesis 1:27). As we cultivate our relationship with the Lover of our souls, He transforms us into the image of Himself and reveals His personality and character in and through us. II Corinthians 3:18 describes this process beautifully: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
What amazing news! What a promise! Lord Jesus, transform me so completely that I will reflect Your glory to all around me. Help me to fix my eyes on YOU rather than on my physical reflection in the mirror. Help me to see YOU rather than myself. Help me to bear the image of You, the heavenly Man. Amen!